tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC October 10, 2012 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT
and see you again in half an hour. this is "world news." tonight, one-on-one, the president's first interview since that turning point debate with governor romney in denver. is it possible you handed him the election that night? what happened? and what is his new message to his supporters tonight and to his opponent? exploding airbags. could this be in your car? a new warning tonight for all drivers about a possible danger in the dashboard and what you should do now. smoking guns. an avalanche of new evidence tonight in the case against cycling legend lance armstrong. and flying high. soaring at super sonic speed. a show of force by the first female combat pilot who has broken a new ceiling. our own martha raddatz takes an amazing flight. >> three feet from the wing tip.
good evening and welcome to "world news." and as we begin tonight, we have just returned from the white house, where we sat down, one-on-one, with president obama. it is his first interview since that big debate. polls showed 72% of those watching that debate included president obama lost to his republican rival, mitt romney. and tonight, the polls show the race is tightening fast. the republican opponent more fired up than ever. his supporters saying they want to know why the president didn't seem to show up and fight. and that's where we began. let's get right to it. >> yeah. >> reporter: that debate, what happened? >> well, governor romney had a good night. i had a bad night. >> reporter: how bad? >> well, it's not the first time i've had a bad night. but i think what's important is that the fundamentals of what
this race is about haven't changed. governor romney went to a lot of trouble to try to hide what his positions are, because he knows that those ideas have been rejected. they won't work. and if he's making an honest presentation about what he's proposed, he will lose, because the american people are not going to go back there. what this comes down to is, how are we going to grow an economy in which everybody gets a fair shot? and governor romney's prescription is that if we cut taxes by $5 trillion, skewed towards the wealthy, and we roll back regulations that i've put in place, that somehow, the economy is going to grow. and i fundamentally disagree with that. >> reporter: your supporters have been saying, this wasn't a bad night. he didn't show up. >> it just looked like, to me, he really didn't want to be there. his mind wasn't on it. he didn't want to engage. >> reporter: this is legendary democratic strategist james carville. >> well, as i've said, you know, there's no doubt that i can make a better case. which is why i'm so looking forward to tuesday.
>> reporter: but again, why did it happen? al gore said, was it the altitude? >> you know, the -- i'm not going to speculate on that. >> reporter: no lesson learned from it? is that what you're going -- >> well, i do think one lesson learned is just to make sure that people understand how much is at stake and how deeply i care about it. >> reporter: but we asked the president if he's second-guessing himself after that debate. >> i played a lot of sports when i was a kid and still do. if you have a bad game, you just move on. you look forward to the next one. and it makes you that much more determined. the difference between this and sports is that the stakes are so high. >> reporter: in the days since, the romney team has been out in force, saying, this wasn't just about performance or style. but an administration that seems tired. and governor romney, filled with energy and new ideas. >> well, there's no doubt that
he made a good sales pitch. the problem is, the product's not going to work. there were no new ideas in there. >> reporter: what did mrs. obama say to you when you got home that night? >> you know what, michelle is always my best adviser, my toughest critic. she and i have been through this together. >> reporter: is it possible you handed him the election that night? >> no. >> reporter: you're going to win? >> yes. >> reporter: you want it more than the first time? >> absolutely. because i've -- you know, one of the things about being in this office is, you're reminded every day about what's at stake. on saturday, i took michelle out to dinner. the waiter said, "thank you, you saved my mom's life because of your health care law. she was able to get the care that she needed." that's who i'm fighting for.
>> reporter: what's your message to joe biden? about tomorrow night? >> well, i -- you know, i think joe just needs to be joe. congressman ryan is a smart and effective speaker. but his ideas are the wrong ones. and joe understands that. >> reporter: message to mitt romney about tuesday night? >> well, i don't need to send a message to mitt romney. i think that he will, once again, be very well prepared. you know, he -- you know, he makes a good power point presentation. i look forward to seeing him. >> reporter: and he says, taking him on, on issues where he shifted, like legal abortion. during the primaries, the governor made it clear he would like to see a repeal of roe versus wade. but yesterday, in an interview, he said this -- "there's no legislation with regards to abortion that i'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda."
your campaign has called that a lie. >> well, look. diane, this is -- this is another example of governor romney hiding positions he's been campaigning on for a year and a half. >> reporter: is it a lie? >> governor romney has made very clear that if a bill comes to his desk that overturns roe versus wade, that he will be fully supportive of that. and he said, i will appoint justices that will overturn roe versus wade. and now, four weeks before an election, he is trying to cloud the question. when it comes to women's rights to control their own health care decisions. the one thing that i think people, republicans, as well as democrats, can say, is that there has been consistency with me, from the time that i started running for president, to today, and there will be consistency, all the way through the next four years of my presidency. people will know where i stand,
what i believe, what i'm fighting for. and that's part of leadership. >> and you can see a lot more of the interview with president obama tonight on "nightline" and tomorrow morning on "gma," and we want everyone to know, we're scheduling an interview with governor romney, as well, and we'll be announcing that in the coming days. and don't forget, george stephanopoulos and i and our entire team will be right here, when the vice presidential candidates face off tomorrow night and our own award-winning martha raddatz will be moderating. 9:00 p.m. eastern. and while we were at the white house, on capitol hill, a fiery confrontation was under way over libya and that night four americans lost their lives, including u.s. ambassador chris stevens. tonight, new revelations about the terrorists, the ferocity of their attack and new questions about whether life-saving security was denied. abc's jake tapper has details. >> reporter: that horrifying
night in benghazi had former security officials in libya today condemning their superiors for denying their requests for more security agents. >> i asked for 12 agents. his response to that was, "you're asking for the sun, moon and the stars." >> reporter: eric nordstrom, the former security officer at the u.s. embassy in libya, today recalled his biggest frustration as being the state department. >> it's dealing and fighting against the people, programs and personnel who are supposed to be supporting me. for me, the taliban is on the inside of the building. >> reporter: nordstrom suspected the denials for more security were rooted in a fear of making libya seem more unstable. but a state department official denied any politics were at play. >> i have directly served six secretaries of state, democratic and republican. on my honor, no. none. >> reporter: we've learned new details of what happened that night. at 8:30, ambassador chris stevens went outside the
compound to say good night to a visiting turkish diplomat. the streets were empty. but at 9:40 p.m., security agents in the operations center of the compound heard explosions and saw a large group of armed men entering the compound. stevens, information specialist sean smith and one security agent locked themselves in a safe area. they saw their attackers hunting for them. then, pouring diesel and setting the house on fire. the three americans went to a bathroom area where they tried to open a small window for air, but it was not enough. on the ground, suffering from severe smoke inhalation, they decided to flee. but stevens and smith never made it out alive. diane sawyer asked the president today about the white house's initial claims that the incident began with a protest against that anti-muslim video. >> as information came in, information was put out. the information may have not have always been right the first time. look -- diane, these are people i know. and if there's something to be fixed, it'll get fixed.
>> reporter: the commander of a security team pulled from libya weeks before the attack said that when he heard about the attack, it was instantly recognizable that it was terrorists. "i almost expected the attack to come," he said. "we were the last flag flying. it was a matter of time." diane? >> all right, jake, thank you so much. and tonight, we also want to pay attention to a very young and very courageous girl struggling for her life. a 14-year-old who decided to take a stand and speak out in pakistan on behalf of all the little girls there who dream of a future and just want to go to school. she told this to "the new york times." >> i want to get my education and i want to become a doctor. >> reporter: that is malala yousufzai, who was riding the school bus yesterday when an armed man boarded, called her by name and shot her. she has had one bullet removed, still unconscious in a hospital.
and the taliban has announced that they're going to target her again. and back here at home, a dramatic twist in the case against tour de france winner lance armstrong. stripped of his titles for illegal substance use. today, a new report showed that 11 of the men who rode with him, his teammates, have come forward to testify that armstrong was at the center of the drug use, what's being called the most sophisticated doping program in the history of sport. nearly 1,000 pages of testimony, lab results, financial transactions showing not only did armstrong dope, but demanded his teammates dope, as well, they say. and supplied them with illegal substances. and a warning tonight about the airbags in your car. the national highway traffic safety administration warning about counterfeit airbags installed by repair shops. they look like the real thing, but they're not. so, how do you know what's in your car? abc's david kerley on that. >> reporter: this airbag, supposed to save your life,
explodes. fire shooting out of the steering wheel. it's a counterfeit. here it is again. the fake literally shooting parts and flames right at the driver. or this bag, another fake, that only partially inflates. customs agents were spotting fakes and when these tests of the suspected chinese-made counterfeits came back, the alert went out. >> when people try to think about counterfeiting having largely to do with whether or not somebody's selling a bootleg dvd, we're dealing in a completely different world now. >> reporter: this summer in charlotte, boxes of the fakes were confiscated in a raid. some are sold on the internet, others to repair shops. this is only an issue if your airbag has deployed and you have to have it replaced. the government says, go to an authorized dealer and make sure you get the real deal. less than a quarter million vehicles repaired over the past three years may be affected. the advice tonight? if you're not sure you got a real replacement, have a dealership check your new airbag. david kerley, abc news,
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>> he had a myriad of items in his checked-in luggage that raised a lot of suspicion. he had a gas mask, knives, handcuffs. >> reporter: still, it may surprise the average passenger, none of that frightening gear, not even the body bags in his luggage, is banned from planes. only a smoke grenade, also found in his checked luggage, is illegal, and the tsa is investigating how korean authorities let it get aboard. and while it could have produced plenty of smoke in the cabin, harris had no access to it in the cargo hull. it was not rigged to detonate on its own. >> weapons are found, bags left unattended, people go into quarantine areas, things like this happen all the time. >> reporter: police sources say harris told them upon his arrest, "this is a game." and while he was dressed for one, it's clearly not a game homeland security is willing to play. jim avila, abc news, washington.
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and finally tot, and finally tonight, we're going to take you to a place where the sky is only the limit. abc's martha raddatz has been in war zones with four-star generals, covered the white house and questioned world leaders and presidents. and of course, as you know, tomorrow, she'll be moderating the first vice presidential debate tomorrow night. but right now, she's going to take us to meet one of america's most daring combat experts.
the woman just named the first female leader of a fighter wing, 5,000 strong. >> reporter: it is one of the most fearsome fighter jets in the skies -- the f-15 strike eagle. and i could not be in more capable hands. colonel jeannie flynn leavitt is not only a decorated fighter pilot, she has broken through gender barriers few thought possible. >> he said, you realize that if you go fly fighters, you will be the first, and there will be some attention. and i said, well, i don't want the attention. but i want to fly fighters more than anything. >> reporter: that was more than 20 years ago when she entered a world dominated by male swagger. >> the plaque for the alternates is down in the ladies' room. >> reporter: that attitude was not just in movies like "top gun." pentagon brass argued male bonding was critical. >> if you want to make a combat unit ineffective, assign some women to it. >> reporter: but like it or not,
they were ordered to change. since then, the 46-year-old leavitt has logged more than 2,700 hours, 300 in combat over iraq and afghanistan, dropping bombs on enemy targets and avoiding enemy fire. leavitt now trains others for combat, commanding a 5,000-person fighter wing. this day, a mock bombing raid in the skies over north carolina. what the jets do first is a show of force, exactly what they would do if this was a real battle. the changes with women flying combat aircraft? >> there's pilots of all different skill levels. >> reporter: girls don't stand out anymore. >> it's very true. >> reporter: and the colonel and others have inspired a new generation. >> regardless of your gender, i think everyone's going to look up to her. everyone does look up to her. >> the fact that, you know, gender, race, religion, none of that matters. what matter is how you perform.
>> reporter: and she has performed. one of the best of the best. so, take that, maverick. martha raddatz, abc news, see mo seymour johnson air force base. and another reminder. we'll see martha raddatz again tomorrow, of course, as she moderates the vice presidential debate tomorrow night. hope you are with us. and thank you for watching tonight. we're always here at abcnews.com. "nightline" later. we'll see you again tomorrow. good night. tonight arrest of two suspects in a homicide. southern california jail escapees now in custody after a west coast crime spree. >> reinstatement of ross mirkarimi. he's not on the job yet. one key supporter is now backing a recall. >> giants are still alive in the playoffs now, how will a's
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